Nadar, "Self Portrait, Posed in a Balloon Basket," 1862.  Albumen print carte-de-visite.  SBMA, Museum purchase, 19th century Art Acquisition Fund.

Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 1840-1900

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

Assembling striking works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s distinguished collection, this exhibition reveals how photographic portraiture blossomed in the later six decades of the 19th century. Originally intended to mimic the genre of portrait painting, by 1900 portrait photography had evolved to emphasize many unique and intriguing technical properties of the medium itself, with photographers persuasively arguing for photography’s status as an art form in its own right. Some of the most successful commercial photographers were trained in the fine arts, including Nadar, Roger Fenton, and Henry Collen. In fact, the cachet of early portrait photography stemmed largely from its ability to replicate the colorful effects, dignified poses, and lavish surroundings of painted portraits. As the decades unfolded and technical processes expanded, artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen began to embrace a range of medium-specific possibilities, experimenting with exposure times, darkroom manipulation and even narrative allusions. Rather than constituting a freestanding genre, then, portrait photography was nourished by a constantly evolving relationship with its painted predecessor. From captivating hybrid works dating from just after the birth of photography in the late 1830s to artful Pictorialist expressions at the dawn of the 20th century, this exhibition presents a remarkable opportunity to see nearly 100 works of photographic art rarely on view, and attests to the endless fascination of the human face and form in art and in life.

Upcoming Events

The Light of the Spirit by Patrice Warrener
  • January 18-21, 2018
  • London, United Kingdom

Lumiere London

Artichoke

Various Locations
London, United Kingdom

www.lumiere-festival.com

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Lepanto Compress Water Tower - Gilded Sky, Lepanto, Poinsett County, Arkansas, charcoal, tinted gesso, metallic gesso on linen, 36" x 60", 2017
  • January 18, 2018
  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Charles L.  Knoedler (1863–1944), the youngest son of Michael Knoedler, at the gallery's fourth location, a rented brownstone at the intersection of 170 Fifth Avenue and 22nd Street in New York City.  The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.54
  • January 18-19, 2018
  • Los Angeles, California
  • January 19 - February 8, 2018
  • New York, New York

Opera Gallery's PORTRAIT Exhibition

Opera Gallery
791 Madison Avenue
New York, New York

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Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini, Expanded Crash (Show Me), 2016
  • January 19 - March 3, 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
Rico Lebrun, "Mexican Meat Stall", 1954, collage, mixed media painting, 96 x 47 inches
  • January 20 - March 17, 2018
  • Los Angeles, California

Rico Lebrun in Mexico

Jack Rutberg fine Arts

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
357 North La Brea
Los Angeles, California

http://jackrutbergfinearts.com

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Francisco Zúñiga, "Madre e Hija Sentada", 1975, bronze, 47 ¼ x 55 ¼ x 33 ¾ inches
  • January 20 - March 17, 2018
  • Los Angeles, California

Francisco Zuniga: Sculpture & Drawings

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
357 North La Brea
Los Angeles, California

http://jackrutbergfinearts.com

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Gorgeous 1908 stock certificate for the Great Cariboo Gold Company of British Columbia, Canada, for 84 shares, issued to Annie E.  Price (est.  $500-$1,000).
  • January 20-21, 2018
Shane McClatchey, Island (2), Oil on Panel, 2017, 41 x 28
  • January 24 - March 8, 2018
  • Laguna Beach, California

Tributary: LCAD MFA Exhibition at Laguna Beach City Hall

Laguna College of Art and Design

City of Laguna Beach
505 Forest Ave
Laguna Beach, California

https://www.lcad.edu/mfa-tributary-laguna-beach-city-hall/

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Art deco terracotta wall mask by Kurt Goebel and Erna Bieber, Austria 1930
  • January 26-28, 2018
  • , United Kingdom

Decorative Art & Antiques at Harrogate Fair

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The Pavilions of Harrogate
Gt.Yorkshire Showground
, United Kingdom

www.cooperevents.com

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  • January 26-28, 2018
  • , United Kingdom

Diaghilev Ballet Costume at Harrogate Antiques Fair UK

Cooper Events

The Pavilions of Harrogate
Gt.Yorkshire Showground
, United Kingdom

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ANSEL ADAMS, Richard Kobayashi, farmer with cabbages Manzanar Relocation Center, 19.  Courtesy of Library of Congress
Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank
Crocker Art Museum exhibition looks at Japanese internment and incarceration in the early 1940s
February 19 - May 14, 2017
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